June 29, 2019 (Las Vegas)Joe Foresman is the winner of the $600 No-Limit Hold’em Deepstack. He wins $397,903 and the World Series of Poker gold bracelet after topping a field of 6,140 players. This is his first WSOP bracelet and his first WSOP cash. He also wins a Main Event seat, which was added to the prizepool for this event.


Foresman is a 49-year-old graphic designer and musician who would describe himself as “definitely” an amateur. He made it to a final table in his first event. He then made it to heads up against an opponent he didn’t think he could beat.


“Honest to God after playing three hands with Will (Givens), I was terrified to play him heads up. I couldn’t even fathom this. I would have been happy with second, I would have been happy with third, this is unreal,” he said.


Then Foresman defeated Givens to claim the bracelet, the first prize, and the Main Event seat. He had no reason to believe he should win, but after a bit of a run on Day two, he let himself believe it was possible.


“I went on a little bit of a run, and this was about the middle of day two and I chipped up quite a bit. That’s when I thought something really cool is happening. By the end of day two, I mean I was third in chips by the end of day two, so at that point I really believed I had a chance.”


Foresman did say he never really thought he would win a WSOP bracelet. He hadn’t played more than one bracelet event ever in his life, but the lower buyin ($600) was just the right amount, after he won a $500 lammer in a satellite at the Rio.


“We all sit there and dream about it. We all sit there and say, yeah if I can just get some hands and make a deep run in an event. You never think it’s going to be a reality,” he said.


When I got to the final table today I thought If I finish in fifth I don’t care, it’s still $100,000.”


The final table started Thursday night with Linda Huard being eliminated in ninth place. She took home $35,128, her largest WSOP prize on her sixth cash. This was her best-ever finish at the WSOP.


Then another Canadian hit the rail with Jean Alexandre busting in eighth place. The $45,348 is Alexandre’s only WSOP cash.


David Goodman fell in seventh place to Jeff Hakim. Hakim’s tens held up against Goodman’s over cards. Goodman won $58,988 for his finish. His second-largest WSOP cash at his second WSOP final table.


Will Givens sent Mrityunjay Jha home in sixth place. Jha joined a growing list of players who are booking their biggest WSOP cashes in the new lower buyin Deepstack events. This was also Jha’s first-ever WSOP cash.


The players returned Friday with five remaining and it didn’t take long for the field to be whittled down to four. Hilb Kovtunov was eliminated in fifth place. He won $102,077 after he got all in at risk against Hakim. Kovtunov booked a six-figure score with his 12th WSOP cash.


Givens eliminated Hakim in fourth place, when his queens held up after the two were all in preflop. Hakim could not find an ace and left Steffen Logen as the short stack with Givens and Joe Foresman holding a large majority of the chips in play. This was the best-ever finish for Hakim in a WSOP event. His previous best was a seventh-place finish last year in a $2,500 No-Limit Hold’em event. This was his 25th cash and second final table appearance at the WSOP, bringing his career tournament winnings to $699,454.


Foresman, who entered the day as the chip leader, was now three-handed with a slight chip lead over Givens with a shot at his first WSOP bracelet in his first-ever WSOP cash. Givens managed to take the chip lead, but Foresman doubled through him, leaving Foresman in the driver’s seat.


Heading into a break, Foresman had a four-to-one chip lead over Givens, and Logen was still short in third place. Foresman sent Logen to the rail in third place with  $181,953 in his pocket. Logen was yet another player at the final table earning their biggest WSOP payday.


Foresman held the lead over Givens heads up. Givens was looking for his second bracelet and his he topped his best finish since 2016 when he finished fourth in the $3,000 6-Max. Foresman held the lead and, with each elimination, was adding to the size of his first-ever WSOP cash.


Foresman eventually whittled down Givens and then knocked him out in second place to complete his run to his first WSOP bracelet and the $397,903 first prize. Foresman was running super hot and, on the final hand, got all in behind with pocket fours against Givens’ pocket tens. He flopped a set and then bowed his head for a short second. Givens congratulated him and headed to the rail, just short of his second WSOP bracelet.


Final Table payout: (Click here for a list of the full results)

1) Joe Foresman ($397,903)

2) Will Givens ($245,606)

3) Steffen Logen ($181,953)

4) Jeff Hakim ($135,783)

5) Hilb Kovtunov ($102,077)

6) Mrityunjay Jha ($77,308)

7) David Goodman ($58,988)

8) Jean Alexandre ($45,348)

9) Linda Huard ($35,128)